5 Things I’ve Learned After 5 Days on the Michael Rock Show
Alright, peeps. It's been a week and I haven't been begging to ditch Michael Rock and Gazelle - and they haven't been begging to get rid of me, either...I hope.
I've officially been the co-host of the Michael Rock Show for ONE week now. That's 5 days of 3:45 a.m. wake-ups, 25 hours with Michael and Gazelle, alone, in a studio, and countless times I've re-thought whether or not I really hate coffee...and I wouldn't change it for any other gig out there. Here are a few things I've learned in the last five days.
1. My panic about sleeping through my alarm has reached new levels. My anxiety / slight OCD tendencies don't really give me much choice than to be on time (or early) for everything I do. The fear of sleeping through my alarm and missing the opening of the show has me consistently waking up at 11:30, 1:30, then 3:30 - each time frantically grabbing my phone thinking it is going to be 6 a.m.
2. Gone are the days of surviving on four days of dry shampoo. My job before co-host was largely behind the scenes at the station. I didn't think twice about stretching my dry shampoo'd hair an extra day by throwing it on top of my head and looking like a radish. Everyone thinks the perks of radio are being able to wear PJ's cause no one sees you...BUT SURPRISE! We are now on camera any time our mics are on. So I can't look like someone emerging from a three-day Netflix binge.
3. I am a creature trying to create new habits...And it ain't easy. As mentioned in #1, I am someone who is powered by routine. A new schedule means that gets totally thrown out of whack. And boy, do I feel it. I now workout with a different crowd at the gym, I am ready to eat dinner by 4 p.m., and my dogs literally have no clue why I leave when it's pitch black out or why I am home earlier in the day or why I'm ready for bed at 7.
4. We talk about food a lot...A LOT A LOT. We all LOVE TO EAT. And we spend a lot of time trying to figure out what we're going to eat next, where we can eat, who we can sucker into bringing us food...etc. They also do not judge me if I take a bite out of a muffin I said I wasn't going to eat or if I want ice cream for breakfast at 7 a.m. I need dudes like that in my life.
5. I will probably be called 'Christine' a lot, and I am 1,000% okay with it. There is no one in the world that I am more honored to follow in the footsteps of than Christine Fox. She is a radio superstar, one of Michael's closest friends and I adore her, too. So when Michael almost calls me Christine, yeah, I'm going to make fun of him but I couldn't ask for someone better to learn from than her, and I wouldn't have this job if it weren't for her vote of confidence and words of encouragement.